On 18 February 2014, human rights defender Ms Susan Mutindi pleaded not guilty to charges of “incitement to violence” and “obstructing police” and was released on bail of approximately €85. The human rights defender was arrested on 17 February 2014, when police officers from Nairobi's Huruma police station stormed a peaceful meeting of the Highway Self-Help Group and arrested human rights defenders Ms Sarah Ashina, Mr George Luvala, Mr Alex Kamande, Mr Francis Gachui, Mr Steven Muturi, Mr Peter Mwangi along with Susan Mutindi. Charges of “resisting arrest” are due to be brought against Sarah Ashina, whilst the remainder of the group have been released.
In Solidarity With Uganda: Statement
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We, a collective of Kenyan citizens via the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) are concerned about the impact and illegality of the proposed Anti-homosexuality bill 2009 that is due for your ascent, since being passed by parliament on the 20th December, 2014.
We are Africans who stand in the belief that all Africans should embrace our complexities and enjoy the chance to participate fully in their socioeconomic and political spheres of life.
We applaud his Excellency President Yoweri Museveni for having recognized that violence in the form of incarceration and/or death is not the answer as intimated in his letter to Parliament, and call upon him to be steadfast in furthering his efforts on tackling discriminative approaches such as subjective studies which pave way for” abnormality” as reasons for homosexuality as evidenced in the systematic and documented reports shared by the Uganda Civil society through the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Reference statement released on January 21st 2014. We also urge him to focus on the diversity he alluded to in his letter to Parliament.
In solidarity with our Ugandan brothers and sisters.
The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya.
Press Release: THE VALUE OF A LIFE
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In Kenya, like in many African countries non-heterosexual orientations are not as widely accepted and recognized as in some parts of the world. This can be attributed to the nature in which most of our cultures are set up; a set-up under which the self-determination of women, youth and anyone that is perceived to challenge the balance of power in society has been oppressed. Apart from cultures, high religiosity and the conservative interpretation of religious doctrines have immensely contributed to not only non-recognition but also in the creation of a pretext that encourages the use of violence and discrimination against same sex loving persons. Studies such as Pew Research’s Global Divide on Homosexuality have demonstrated this obvious fact.
Vacancies at NEPHAK
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The National Empowerment Network of People living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya (NEPHAK) is a national network that unites people living with HIV (PLHIV) and those affected by TB and AIDS through community based organizations such as post-test clubs, support groups, men’s associations, carers associations, women groups, youth groups and non -governmental organizations including PLHIV networks. NEPHAK works in partnership with relevant government of Kenya institutions and structures.
Thanks For the Feedback
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I can say we have come of age. Thank you for the continuous good work that you are doing.
Contrary to popular opinion, or otherwise presumed, I personally would want GALCK to get back on its feet. Albeit, with greater community participation, accountability and honesty. However, the ball now lies with the different groups, within and without GALCK, including indigenous donors, whose own financial skeletons are crying to high Heaven. Take This into account. We are watching. Deign that your efforts to get a good GM/ED are fruitful. Now, what can one buy with 25M? Wait, one can build a residential plot in Roysambu.